Favorite Room....Maison Decor


Welcome to My Favorite Room!
 I was asked by Kim 
to post on her popular series about bloggers and their favorite rooms.
I certainly have one room in my house that I prefer over all the others.
My living room!
 Its my favorite room in the house, hands down.
I think the main reason is that the natural light is so nice in here, and 
I appreciate that quality the older I get.  It's also a room that doesn't have
a television in it, and that means, it stays neat and tidy most of the time.
Come along with me and I will show off some of the things I love
about this room.  The pair of celadon green velvet chairs and silver garden stool
are both new additions to the room.
The room itself is on the narrow side, and so the floor plan was a bit of a challenge.
The fireplace calls for a seating arrangement gathered round it. Furniture has
been in a few different positions, and until I found the smaller pair of chairs
nothing seemed to work. The moderate scale of the chairs was just right! We need to walk
 through this room into our dining room, so we couldn't have anything oversized.
Pale green mixes with various soft blues in the mostly white room.
The walls are painted #1515 Natural Elements by Benjamin Moore. 
The woodwork is White Dove also by Ben Moore.
My bookcases are backed with a vintage Mario Buatta floral chintz fabric in powder blue.
My mantle recently got a makeover using appliques I sell at my shop, and it really
made a huge difference in the elegance factor in the room. Its classic and pretty now.
 Another new addition to the room is my miniature antique mora clock.
 I have plans to paint it, as it was originally painted and someone stripped
the paint off of it!  Its a project I look forward to doing.  I remade the chandelier in the
room with parts of an antique blue opaline chandelier a blog reader gifted me.
You can see the edge of a baby grand piano in this room too~
we have quite a bit of stuff in this relatively small space, but I love
how it feels open and airy and light. 
We have oversized windows and a large french door as our front door
so they let in lots of light.  A sisal carpet bound with an aqua border
keeps the room from feeling too precious.  My personal style is a mix
of French, Cottage and Vintage styles.  I buy what I love and somehow it
all works.  My coffee table is an antique hand painted tea table that my
decorator friend Betsy Speert snagged at an auction for me.  I planned to 
sell it in my shop, Maison Decor, but I decided it had to come home with me.
My sofa has a white slipcover that I made about ten years ago.
We let our dogs get on the couch, and a white slipcover is the way to go!
Throw it in the wash with detergent and some Oxyclean and you will be all set.
Here is Mr. Dillon after I finished the photo shoot. I sat down in the room
in one of the green chairs with Mr. Maison Decor in the other, and Dillon
hopped up on the freshly washed couch! I snapped this pic with my iphone
so the colors in the photo might be a bit different than the other shots,
but I wanted to share a bit of real life in this, my favorite room.
Anyway, back to my favorite little table~isn't it pretty?
It's made out of pine and has flowers and a pastoral scene painted on the top.
The old wood knots are showing through and the paint has chipped off
to reveal the gesso base, and I find the whole thing delicious.
 I find most of my artwork on Etsy, like the pieces you can see hanging
above my mora clock. The sofa pillows are from HomeGoods. That is the 
fastest way to update a room you know~use pillows!   
My white cotton smocked curtains are from Pottery Barn.  I fabricated
some old stamped metal window box cornices to fit my windows
and then painted them white and hung the cotton panels inside the cornices.
That was one of my favorite projects that I have yet to tire of.
Being a DIY addict, I find that I change things up often, so its
nice when you have something that seems to stand the test of time.
In the corner of the room we tucked in a baby grand piano.
I made a linen skirt for a long bench. Decorating a piano top is kind
of a challenge.  It can look pretty contrived sometimes I think. What I have 
on my piano now is pretty simple, and it repeats the colors in the room.
A pair of pastel portraits of my two older sons was 
done by a noted local artist about 25 years ago.  She made the
colors of their shirts per my suggestion of what I wanted!
Its kind of funny that the colors fit just right in my decorating scheme
this many years later.  The large vintage mirror was one I had hanging
in my dining room above a bombe chest.  As things go in home decor,
I sold the chest to make room for a large French Provincial cabinet,
which meant the mirror needed a new home.
The top of the piano has a few florentine style photo frames in soft colors
from HomeGoods.  These are the perfect frame style for 
my vintage french decorating preference. 
Past the piano and the green velvet chairs is the opening to the dining room.
 The dining room and living room are quite connected since the opening is so
large.  We don't have an open floor plan, yet it feels like it due to the French doors.
The view looking into the dining room past the double French doors
is one I enjoy everyday while I sit at the table having my breakfast coffee.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my favorite room as much as I did getting it
all spiffed up and photographed to share with you.
Thanks for hosting the Favorite Room party Kim!
Your blog rocks!!

Thanks, Amy for sharing your favorite room with us. 
I've been following Amy's blog for a long time and even got to meet her in person a couple years ago when we went to Boston. If you don't know Amy's blog Maison Decor I hope y'all will go over for a visit and say hi. Amy is one very busy lady running her own shop and she sells on line, too.

I hope y'all have a fantastic weekend!

Miss any past favorite rooms? You can catch up HERE.


  1. I so enjoy Amy and her blog and also her shops!...Her living room has always been my favorite room of hers too...I must say that the table is exquisite...I enjoy Amy's many projects ... she is such a great talent and so happy for her success!...Great feature today Kim!....Have a great weekend!

  2. There are so many beautiful things in this room. It is so inviting. I'd love to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in there. The tea table is amazing.

  3. So pretty and feminine! I agree, great place for a spot of tea! Great feature Kim, and love her pups too! Have a great weekend! Kathy@The Daily Nest

  4. Kim thank you for inviting me! I was excited to get it all photographed for your blog feature. I loved meeting you in person with Mr. Savvy~its so nice of you to feature others on your awesome blog! xoxo

  5. Such a beautiful, welcoming space! That picture of "Mr. Dillon" on the couch is priceless!

  6. What a beautiful space and those doggies are just darling!

  7. Always loved Amy's house. Nice of you to feature her. Have a wonderful weekend.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  8. Oh, beautiful, beautiful. And how soothing and homey, too.

  9. Amy's room is certainly one of a kind! So many special, unique gems in that room. I would love to have just an hour in her living room to walk around and take it all in! Every detail seems so interesting!!!! Mr. Dillon certainly loves this room too and looks right at home!!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love how it is so pretty and elegant and inviting--even for her dogs! :-) That's my definition of a welcoming home...it looks beautiful, but everyone (including pets) can be comfortable. Thanks for sharing, Kim and Amy!

  11. A skirt for the piano bench is such a simple idea, but it adds so much style to the room! What a lovely room and great ideas.

  12. Beautiful room! I can see why it's a favorite. Love the coffee table!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  13. I can see why it's a fave dear - warm, collected and very homey. In love with your moira clock too, always been a dream of mine to own one someday. :-)

  14. I have been following Amy's blog for many years now and she has always had such great style to share. It's no surprise that she opened up some shops to extend her creative talents! I love this room. It's very soft and feminine. She knows how to do this look well. Thanks for sharing her room today.

  15. What a lovely room! I can see why it is your favorite! Love the pictures of your kids! Thank for sharing, Amy and thank you, Kim for hosting!

  16. Maison Decor's living room is one of my all time favorites! Also love the real life pictures of the dogs

  17. What a beautiful room. Amy is very talented and I always love seeing those bookcases. The appliques added to the fireplace are so pretty. Love her mirrors in this room and the light that comes in, beautiful.


  18. Wow! So pretty. I love that the dog is allowed on the sofa. Beautiful but practical. The portraits of the kids are so cool. I'll go visit Amy's blog. Great feature.

  19. I adore Amy and her home. Everything is so thoughtfully put together.

  20. Amy's living room is so pretty. Love the built in bookcases on either side of her fireplace. Her attention to detail shines through quite nicely.
    Mary Alice

  21. So pretty! Love this beautiful room and all it's fabulous details.
    Love this great segment.

  22. Great Choice Kim. Amy's living room is gorgeous. Love the shot of Dillion too. What a cutie.

  23. I love Amy's living room! The dog pictures are adorable--love the piano.

  24. What a great living room...it is SO Amy. I just adore her and have watched her grow from DIY projects to her wonderful store...and working with her son. She is a great person and sooo talented. Glad to see her here, Kim. xo Diana

  25. I just love Amy, everything she does is so beautiful. I so enjoyed meeting her and her son a couple of years ago and shopping her lovely store. Such an elegant but cozy and comfy room. Adore that tea table!

  26. Amy's living room is a beautiful calming space. I love all the light.

  27. I've always loved Amy's house. It's timeless, classic and pretty! Beautiful post!

  28. Beautiful room Amy....of course those touches of light blue really caught my eye:) My favorite color!